This Week in Petroleum History, April 16 – 22

 

April 16, 1855 – Yale Scientist sees Value in Rock Oil

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A report about oil’s potential as an illuminant will lead to the Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company discovering America’s first commercial well.

Yale chemist Benjamin Silliman Jr. reported Pennsylvania “rock oil” could be distilled into a high-quality illuminating oil. The professor’s “Report on Rock Oil or Petroleum” convinced a ...

Source: American Oil & Gas Historical Society

This Week in Petroleum History, April 9 to 15

 

April 9, 1914 – Ohio Cities Gas Company founded

Ohio Cities Gas Company became Pure Oil in 1917.

In Columbus, Ohio, Beman Gates Dawes and Fletcher Heath formed the Ohio Cities Gas Company. Three years later they acquired Pennsylvania-based Pure Oil Company and adopted the name in 1920. Pure Oil had been founded in Pittsburgh in 1895 by independent ...

Source: American Oil & Gas Historical Society